Curriculum

Arizona Language Preparatory offers a challenging and engaging curriculum in Mandarin, Spanish and English that’s so much fun students don’t realize how much they’re learning!  Our focus is on building cultural and language perspective, to nurture and develop the leaders of tomorrow.

  • Employing a 40/40/20 language model in grades K-1. We spend 40% of the day in Mandarin, 40% in Spanish, and 20% in English. No prior language experience is needed for students entering grades K-1.
  • Employing a 35/35/30 language model in grade 2. We spend 35% of the day in Mandarin, 35% in Spanish, and 30% in English.
  • Employing a 30/30/40 language model in grade 3-6. We spend 30% of the day in Mandarin, 30% in Spanish, and 40% in English. Prior language experience in Mandarin or Spanish is preferred for students entering grades 2-6
  • Academic Support Plan with appropriate goals for students as needed to assist students who need additional support services.
  • Genius Hour: A full arts and sciences enrichment program that includes music, STEM, technology/robotics, yoga, fine art, acting, dance, martial arts, sports, gardening, and cooking.

Language Arts

We use Daily 5 in English, Mandarin, and Spanish and align or exceed Common Core Standards to create high-level multi-lingual literacy skills. This approach is made fun and engaging through daily topic discussions, guided reading, journaling, storytelling, playwriting, role-playing, games, monthly project-based language assignments and newly added public speaking training in our target languages, to develop strong literacy and oratory skills.
English Language Arts: Grades K-2 Core Knowledge Language Arts
                                       Grades 3-6 Core Knowledge Language Arts & EL Education
Mandarin Language Arts: Grades K-2 Better Immersion
                                             Grades 3-6 Better Immersion
Spanish Language Arts: Grades K-2 Calico Spanish & Estrellita


Math

Using Eureka Math, our mathematics curriculum is taught in Spanish in grades K-1 and in both English and Spanish in grades 2-6. Every math topic is covered in the concrete, pictorial, and abstract levels in both languages to make sure students fully understand each math concept before moving on. This systematic way of teaching math gives students a deep number sense, giving them the ability to do mental math.

Science/Social Studies

At ALP, students participate in science and social studies topics that are integrated into English Language Arts instruction.

Technology

We believe ALP students can expand their world by mastering the use of technology. We meet and exceed Common Core Standards to teach 21st-century technology skills, including keyboarding, Powerpoint, spreadsheets, databases, robotics, and coding. We also expand on those skills by exploring underlying technological concepts and putting a strong focus on the ethics of media. Students emerge equipped to research deeply, discern useful information, be creative online, collaborate, and communicate, in order to tackle their educational goals with confidence and awareness.

Genius Hour 

Every Friday that is not an early release day, all student K-6 will participate in Genius Hour. STEM/Music/Drama/Yoga/Gardening/Cooking/etc. Genius Hour is two 55 minute blocks of enrichment class every Friday that is not an early release Friday. During this time for grade K-1, students will have two designated classes in the above categories with a break in between. 2-6 students will have a menu of options with first come first serve enrollment in those classes. New classes will be offered as they are available. If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please see the Programs Manager.

P.E.

The physical education program at ALP is an essential part ofour curriculum and provides students with a dynamic and well-rounded experience in both individual and competitive sports skills. P.E. classes take place once a week and target important motor skills using a variety of different sports activities and games, including assessments of necessary physical education skills. Our school’s mission is woven in through the emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and leadership. In addition, key vocabulary used in our P.E. class is spoken in Spanish in grades 2-6 so our students expand their vocabulary in both a fun and kinetic way.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)  

At ALP, our mission is to educate and inspire our students to be respectful, compassionate, and resilient citizens. Drawing from Responsive Classroom and Cool Tools, our teachers, staff, and parents are supported to facilitate the development of this crucial part of our children’s character development. We start off our day with a one-minute meditation and a morning meeting to check in with our students and discuss where they are at emotionally before they begin their day. We also place a strong emphasis on conflict resolution and circle up to discuss problems students may be having as they occur so that they can be resolved quickly.  

Service Learning

Our service learning curriculum is tied to our social emotional learning plan by having students go into our rich, multicultural community to broaden their perspective and learn to give back to others. This positive interaction connects what we practice in the classroom with the outside world.